Annual General Meeting 2022

Saturday 26 March 11 AM Community Hall

Annual General Meeting Saturday 26 March 11 AM Community Hall

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Thirty-eight residents and emergency experts participated in an Emergency RediPlan workshop on 9 January in a cautious, COVID-19-safe step toward in person gatherings in the town.

As Kathy Hill, the Coordinator of the program stated:

“70% of the 325 respondents to a survey held in the wake of the May 2019 hailstorm that smashed though the town asked for an integrated emergency plan. The funding provided by the 2020 Bass Coast Community Grant as well as the enthusiastic support of the emergency services enabled the CPRRA to organise these events as a response to that need”.

The Red Cross, SES, CFA, Ambulance Victoria, and Bass Coast Shire Council’s emergency coordinator outlined their roles and risks specific to the Cape Paterson area. Red Cross introduced and guided the attendees though the Red Cross Rediplan -an integrated emergency planning kit to cover the wide range of personal and broader emergencies that can befall a community like Cape Paterson.  The town is no stranger to fires, heat waves, floods, storms and now a pandemic.

RediPlan has been developed over the last five years as a comprehensive alternative to the various plans that relate to a specific type of emergency. It focusses on neighbour connections, assembly of important information and planning to reduce the stress in responding and recovering from a personal or community emergency.

Places are still available for the January 23 event. Registration and more information are available online:

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting at the Cape Paterson Community Hall (next to the tennis courts) on Saturday January the 23rd at 2pm. Due to current COVID guidelines we are limited in the number of attendees we can have present in the hall at any one time.As a result of this, physical attendance will be on a first come, first serve basis using the link below.

We realise there may be some people who may miss out as a result of this, so we will be issuing members later in January an invitation to participate (and vote) via Zoom. There will also be any opportunity to vote by proxy via an attending member but only if the chair has received a signed written consent by the time of the meeting.

All committee positions will be declared vacant at this meeting and some current committee members will not be re-nominating. We urge anyone who is interested in joining the committee (or knows anyone who is prepared to nominate) to have those names available to the returning officer by the time of the meeting. Please contact me (or any current committee member) with any nominations via my phone or email below. We welcome new faces and strive to ensure that Cape Paterson remains a wonderful place to live.

So that the meeting is Covidsafe we are requesting that attendees:to set up physical distancing in the Hall)

  1. register in advance for the AGM in the link above (or phone Kathy Hill 0457560537 if you need more information)
  2. bring your drinks bottles, smartphones (for QR registration) and pens or pencils
  3. comply with the Covid requirements (masks, hygiene, stay home if ill or a close contact is ill). 

Pete Muskens – PresidentCape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association

CPRRA is organising, with Red Cross, Bass Coast Shire and the Emergency Services, two emergency workshops on January 9th and 23 2021. They will both be held at the Community Hall (at the East end of town- just south of the Inverloch Road. next to the tennis courts).We will hold the Annual General Meeting at 2PM on the 23rd January. A formal announcement and agenda papers will be sent by separate email.

The Workshops are a response to 70% of respondents to the survey wanting  broad-based emergency plans following the May 2019 Hailstorm. That storm, the eastern Victorian/NSW fires, and the world pandemic point to the current and future need for our community to have plans as soon as we can.

The first Emergency Workshop.starting at 10:00 on January 9. Red Cross and the other emergency will summarise  the town and individual potential risks and Red Cross will present the Rediplan which will prepare you for personal and broader emergencies and speed recovery from events. The second emergency workshop on January 23 will start at 11:00 AM with Red Cross providing an abridged version of the Rediplan process for those who couldn’t make the first meeting  followed by an hour of reviewing  any plans worked on from January 9th and 23rd.  The AGM will follow in the afternoon January 23rd (2PM) after a break. A separate email will be sent regarding this.To make the meetings Covidsafe we are requesting that attendees:to set up physical distancing in the Hall)

  1. register in advance for one or more of the meetings on the links below.(phone Kathy Hill 0457560537 if you need more information)
  2. bring your drinks bottles, smartphones (for QR registration) and pens or pencils
  3. comply with the Covid requirements (masks, hygiene, stay home if ill or a close contact).

Links to the workshops are listed below. Note that for COVID 19 safety reasons, numbers are strictly limited.

As part of its support to its community and in response to the Hailstorm and COVID-19 emergencies, the CPRRA has established this list of the local aboriginal, alcohol and drugs, aged, domestic or family violence, dental, disability, employment and training, financial, gambling, homelessness, medical, mental health, migrant/refugee, parent/children, suicide and youth services, as well as a summary of the services.

Click here for the list.

We have asked all candidates in the upcoming Bass Coast Shire Council election six simple questions relevant to Cape Paterson which are listed within their responses.

NB Michael Nugent is one of our committee members but has exempted himself from all discussions relating to producing these questions. Leticia Laing is a member of our Association, and likewise has not been involved in any discussion relating to these questions.

Links to Bunurong Ward candidates below (in order as listed on ballot papers):

Michael Nugent

Brett Tessari – no response to date

Les Larke

Leticia Laing

Julian Brown

Links to Westernport and Island Ward candidates

Geoff Ellis – Westernport

Bruce Kent – Westernport

Rochelle Halstead – Westernport

Michael Whelan – Island

As part of its aim of increasing awareness of the resources and services within Cape Paterson, the CPRRA has established a list, without review or recommendation, of the businesses located and operating within the township.

To access this list, click here

The CPRRA has established a list of the state-wide and local hotlines or helplines as part of its service to its community.

Access the list here

In addition to the 000 emergency contact for Police, Fire or Ambulance, in life threatening or crisis situations, the hotlines are provided for urgent contact for assistance from the following services: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Alcohol and Drugs, Aged Care, Family Relationships, Financial Problems, Gambling Homelessness, Legal Issues, LGBTQI, Men’s issues, Mental Health, Migrant/Refugee, Sexual Assault, Suicide, Women’s issues, and Youth.

Over the last 18-24 months our committee members have been going through the process of updating our members database. With this process we have reconnected with some lapse members, connected with new members and have found some wonderful and interesting stats.


Of these 257 members 222 have given us their data for 2020

We are always looking or new members, its only $15 per person per year to join. Free for people over the age of 70 or 16 years and younger

You are probably aware that the pedestrian gates into the Kywong campground were locked in March and it has remained closed to pedestrians. This was sanctioned by Bass Coast Council as an appropriate response to the Covid-19 restrictions. Council has also advised that public access to the camping park is at the discretion of park management as their lease provides them with exclusive access. The lease also places public liability on the operator rather than Council. 

Park management are concerned about the public’s safety while heavy equipment is being used in the park, especially while the pine trees are being removed but also when improvements are being undertaken in future. Other concerns relate to security of assets when Kywong is closed to camping over winter and the accumulation of dog faeces when dog owners do not clean up when walking their pets. 

The CPRRA understands that Council is considering installing dog poo bag dispensers at either end of the Kywong access track and fully supports this initiative along with appropriate signage. Dog owners are encouraged to act responsibly when walking their pets by carrying poo bags and cleaning up after them.
Following discussions with CPRRA, Council and park management, we have been advised that the pedestrian gates will be opened on a trial basis after the pine trees have been removed, hopefully in August. Park management have also advised that the gates will be closed from time to time when further works may temporarily compromise public safety.  The situation will be monitored by park management, especially in relation to the accumulation of dog faeces to determine ongoing public access to the park.

Please read the safety guidelines provided by Bass Coast Shire in regards to volunteering under the Covid19 restrictions.

The guidelines are also pinned to the top of our Facebook page, and have been sent out to all members.